Responsibilities: The Town of Sand Lake Highway Department provides residents with quality snow and ice removal, road repair, signage, drainage, tree and brush cutting and removal within the Town's right of way. Ten department personnel maintain 85.16 miles of road or 170 lane miles.
Disposing of Items: Brush may be brought to the Highway Garage on Springer Road during regular business hours 7AM - 3PM.
The Department of Public Works is now accepting water and oil based for disposal at no charge. Please call for an appointment for paint disposal. This disposal does require an employee's assistance.
Road Repair: Our goal is to provide you the best roadway system possible within the confines of our budget allocation. Approximately 2/3 of asphalt products for road repair are produced using Town owned aggregate which is a cost savings for the Town. Repairs are usually accomplished during the months of April to November. However, pothole patrols and maintenance continue throughout the year. If you spot a problem, please let us know by emailing pothole reports to the Highway Department.
Signage: The town maintains regulatory signs such as: yield, stop, speed, directional, and school crossing, etc. Our goal is to maintain them in readable condition. If you notice a town sign that has lost its reflectivity or is difficult to read, missing or damaged, please tell the department. Your help is appreciated.
Tree and Brush Cutting: Our goal is to maintain good visibility for the traveling public. Trees or brush within the Town's right of way that limit visibility will be removed. These trees present a hazard to vehicles especially snow plows and school buses. Please give us a call if you notice a hazard.
Drainage: Proper drainage is a major factor in maintaining good pavement life and road condition. No other single factor affects pavement performance more. The Highway Department corrects drainage before each of the Town's roads is paved. There have been occasions where culverts have been lost or buried over the course of time. If you're aware of such a culvert, please contact the department before your road gets paved. Together we can make the effort successful.
Snow Removal: Winter season presents the Highway Department with one of its greatest challenges. Conditions from snow to sleet to ice to freezing rain and to rain create difficult driving conditions. The Highway Department takes great pride in meeting those challenges head on. The Department has a total of 7 trucks (4 tandems, 1 single axle and 2 pickups) that provide snow removal for the Town. Each truck is responsible for 12 to 14 miles of road (24 lane miles). The pickups are mainly used on small roads in the villages and around the Town's seven lakes. A mix of salt and sand is applied each winter using Town owned sand. Early winter a mix of 6 parts sand to 1 part salt is used and during severe cold winter, the mix will change to 3 parts sand and 1 part salt for better effect. Using Town owed sand is a cost savings and is more environmentally friendly. The department's goal is to provide safe and expedient snow removal and it asks residents to avoid parking on streets during snow events. The removal of snow during heavy snow events becomes a tedious and difficult job for our crews. Please be patient and drive safely. Avoid unnecessary travel during snow events if at all possible.
The following information will help residents to understand the snow removal policy and what is expected from them.
- Ensure your mailbox is installed properly. Mailboxes installed too low or too close to pavement edge are susceptible to being struck by plow wings.
- Do not throw snow from walkways or driveways onto the road. Most people don't know this, but it's actually against the law. New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1219 (a) states: No person shall throw or deposit upon any highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, snow or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon such highway.
- Please clear all your vehicle windows before travel. See and be seen. Slow down when in the area of snow removal operations. Working together we can make this and every snow removal season a great success.
Hours of Operation: 7am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday